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In the Second Presidential Debate, Scant Mention of Medicare, Social Security

Posted on 10/16/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPresident Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger in the 2012 presidential election, met tonight for the second of three debates, but three issues of critical importance to older Americans — Medicare, Social Security and the new health care law — earned only scant mentions. The 90-minute debate, in a “town hall” format that featured questions from audience members, was on the campus of  Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Here are excerpts on those …

Fact Check: Martha Raddatz Got It Wrong on Medicare and Social Security

Posted on 10/12/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | Politics“Let’s talk about Medicare and entitlements. Both Medicare and Social Security are going broke and taking a larger share of the budget in the process. Will benefits for Americans under these programs have to change for the programs to survive?” — Martha Raddatz, vice presidential debate, Oct. 11, 2012 It’s a given that political candidates will misrepresent facts and spin them to their own advantage. That’s what we’ve come to expect when candidates meet face-to-face for a debate. Watching a …

Presidential Debate #1: Obama and Romney on Medicaid

Posted on 10/4/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDebate #1 moderator Jim Lehrer devoted a segment to the national debt. The discussion turned to Medicaid. Obama on Medicaid Romney on Medicaid See also: Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicare Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on the health care law Join the online discussion Election 2012 Debate Season

Presidential Debate #1: Obama and Romney on the Health Care Law

Posted on 10/4/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDebate #1 moderator Jim Lehrer devoted a segment to the health care law. Here are some of the highlights. Romney on the health care law Obama on the health care law See also: •    Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicare •    Presidential Debate #1: Obama, Romney on Medicaid •    Join the online discussion Election 2012 Debate Season

5 Ways to Stay Out of the Presidential Debate Spin Cycle

Posted on 10/1/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWith President Obama holding a narrow lead in the polls and looking to close the sale, and challenger Mitt Romney searching for a game-changing big play, the stakes in this year’s presidential debates are probably even higher than usual. The initial debate, which will focus on domestic policy, takes place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) in Denver, with PBS NewsHour host Jim Lehrer moderating. From PBS, here’s a preview of the debate. Even before the candidates meet on stage, both campaigns are furiously trying to …

A Debate on Our Issues? I’ll Drink to That!

Posted on 09/28/2012 by |Politics | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs a lifelong political junkie, I’m looking forward to next week’s presidential debates like a sports fan looks forward to a playoff game. Now that I’m in my 50s, watching the televised debates won’t be quite the party occasion that it might have been 30-odd years ago, when friends and I would liven things up by taking a swig of beer every time one of the candidates mentioned the word “jobs” or “taxes.” Still, it should be fun to see …